When parents are being told that it is finally time to take their baby home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), they are often overwhelmed with a mixture of emotions: on the one hand, they have been longing for this moment since their baby was born, while, on the other hand, they may feel worried about the prospect of having to care for their baby all by themselves, without the protecting environment of the NICU and the support from their health care team. Parents may have many questions about going home and what to expect during the next days, weeks, and months.
The health care team can help reassuring the parents, guiding them towards this important moment by teaching the parents all they need to know and by involving the parents step by step in the daily care procedures from the time of admission to the hospital until the parents finally take over all parenting activities. Should the baby require special equipment at home, parents receive training and detailed instructions. Some units provide a “room in” facility, where parents have the possibility to life together
The following content was last reviewed in August 2017